July 11, 2009

Convenient Chicken in a Bag

(This was originally posted in April but I only have a photo of it now (finally!)) A few friends have raved about it since I have shared this recipe with them - easy, great tasting and tender chicken!

Chicken in a bag? I really mean, oven bag. Saw this on BHAG and thought that it looked really easy. I have done this 2-3 times but never got around to taking a single photo of it! Will try to do so the next time....

(video is available)

1.5kg whole chicken
1 tsp chilli flakes (I used chilli powder instead)
1 tbsp Chinese 5-spice powder
salt and pepper
1x6cm piece ginger, finely sliced
4 shallots, white part finely sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
Large Glad oven bag

1) Preheat oven to 200C. Dust chicken with chilli, 5-spice powder, salt and pepper. Put ginger and shallot in the cavity of the chicken.

2) Put chicken in oven bag. Add soy sauce and chicken stock. Tie bag and put in roasting tray. Pierce a single hole with a knife and bake for about 1 hour (or 15 mins more).

This chicken goes through a roasting and steaming process in the oven (I used a turbo broiler). The liquid in the bag allows some steaming and the hole through the bag will allow for steam to get out. You may want to remove the visible chicken fat before you begin. Otherwise the fat will be cooked and will go into making a really oily gravy in the bag. Hubby and I highly recommend this recipe for its ease to cook, minimal preparation and great tasting and tender juicy roasted chicken! Yum!!

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